R600 benchmarks, pictures leak out
AMD's presence at CeBIT have have been inhibited by the R600's delay, but folks evidently didn't have much trouble finding R600-based graphics cards at the show. This time, it's VR-Zone that's hit the proverbial jackpot with not only pictures of AMD's retail Radeon X2900 XTX graphics card but also some benchmarks that compare it to Nvidia's GeForce 8800 GTX. The pics don't show off the top of the card, because VR-Zone says it contains "sensitive information"—the name of an AMD partner that wouldn't be too thrilled to be responsible for leaks, perhaps. Nonetheless, the card does appear to be of a more manageable size than the foot-long behemoth that was recently photographed.
As for the benchmarks, they're preliminary and of unknown origin, and they only cover Futuremark's 3DMark06 running at a resolution of 1600x1200. VR-Zone says a Core 2 Extreme X6800 system with an Intel 975X-based motherboard got a score in the 9700s with the new Radeon, while the same system with a GeForce 8800 GTX only got in the 9500s. If those early scores reflect reality, it's no wonder Nvidia is expected to replace its flagship with a new GeForce 8800 Ultra in the near future.